Answered By: Lynn VanLeer
Last Updated: Jan 17, 2019     Views: 10794

A primary source is any material where the author presents his or her own research, theory, ideas, or experience.

A secondary source is material that analyzes and discusses a primary source. 

We have a more comprehensive explanation and examples in: 

Guide: Evaluating Resources: Primary & Secondary Sources 


NOTE: Some primary sources will include secondary source material, such as the literature review portion of a research article.
 

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